Inventor(s): Gomez, Roberto

Provisional Application

Provisional Utility Patent Application

for

A HYBRID ELECTRIC-JET POWERED AIRCRAFT

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0001] Embodiments described herein generally relate to aircrafts, and more particularly to a hybrid electric-jet powered aircraft.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] Current commercial passenger aircrafts are not powered with hybrid electric and jet power. Electric/Jet powered aircrafts will cause less emissions and due to propeller enclosure, less air will be displaced which allows for operation of the aircraft in tight urban areas. Hence it is desirable to provide a hybrid electric-jet powered commercial passenger aircraft.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0003] The various advantages of the embodiments of the present disclosure will become apparent to one skilled in the art by reading the following specification and appended claims, and by referencing the following drawings, in which:

[0004] FIG. 1 shows an exemplary view of a hybrid electric-jet powered aircraft according to an embodiment of the present disclosure.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0005] The present disclosure relates to a hybrid electric-jet powered aircraft. The aircraft is a ducted fan rotorcraft that is designed to transport passengers to and from destinations using electric powered motors in conjunction with traditional JET-A powered aircraft engine. Additional features and utilities of the present general inventive concept will be set forth in part in the description which follows and, in part, will be obvious from the description, or may be learned by practice of the general inventive concept.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0006] The present disclosure describes a hybrid electric-jet powered aircraft. As illustrated in FIG. 1, the aircraft 10 includes a rotorcraft 12 and ducted fans 14. The rotorcraft 12 has an electric powered motor and JET-A powered engine. The jet engine is powered by jet fuel and the jet engine is then used to operate the electric motor. The rotorcraft includes a ballistic parachute system (“B.P.S.”), which gives the passengers and crew an additional layer of protection in case of total engine loss. The rotorcraft is made from a lightweight material capable of keeping the maximum take-off weight below 15,000 lbs.

[0007] The interior cabin of the rotorcraft 12 houses several organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays that provide passengers with a visual reference of the aircraft’s exterior based on information observed by a plurality of externally mounted cameras. The interior cabin can be configured to seat up to ten passengers in the cabin and two crew in the cockpit. The rotorcraft may house two electric motors, two jet engines, multiple generators, multiple batteries and four ducted fans 14.

[0008] The ducted fans 14 each include a rotor which rotates inside each duct. The aircraft’s lift is produced by the rotors. In an exemplary embodiment, the aircraft is a quad rotor system. The aircraft 10 is configured to transition from vertical flight to forward flight and is configured to operate in all weather conditions.

[0009] Accordingly, while example embodiments are capable of various modifications and alternative forms, embodiments thereof are shown by way of example in the figures and will herein be described in detail. It should be understood, however, that there is no intent to limit example embodiments to the particular forms disclosed, but on the contrary, example embodiments are to cover all modifications, equivalents, and alternatives falling within the scope of the disclosure. Like numbers refer to like/similar elements throughout the detailed description.

[0010] It is understood that when an element is referred to as being “connected” or “coupled” to another element, it can be directly connected or coupled to the other element or intervening elements may be present. In contrast, when an element is referred to as being “directly connected” or “directly coupled” to another element, there are no intervening elements present. Other words used to describe the relationship between elements should be interpreted in a like fashion (e.g., “between” versus “directly between,” “adjacent” versus “directly adjacent,” etc.) Inventor(s): Gomez, Roberto Provisional Application

[0011] The terminology used herein is for the purpose of describing particular embodiments only and is not intended to be limiting of example embodiments. As used herein, the singular forms “a,” “an” and “the” are intended to include the plural forms as well, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. It will be further understood that the terms “comprises,” “comprising,” “includes” and/or “including,” when used herein, specify the presence of stated features, integers, steps, operations, elements and/or components, but do not preclude the presence or addition of one or more other features, integers, steps, operations, elements, components and/or groups thereof.

[0012] Unless otherwise defined, all terms (including technical and scientific terms) used herein have the same meaning as commonly understood by one of ordinary skill in the art to which example embodiments belong. It will be further understood that terms, e.g., those defined in commonly used dictionaries, should be interpreted as having a meaning that is consistent with their meaning in the context of the relevant art. However, should the present disclosure give a specific meaning to a term deviating from a meaning commonly understood by one of ordinary skill, this meaning is to be taken into account in the specific context this definition is given herein.

[0013] Those skilled in the art will appreciate from the foregoing description that the broad techniques of the embodiments of the present invention may be implemented in a variety of forms. Therefore, while the embodiments of this invention have been described in connection with particular examples thereof, the true scope of the embodiments of the invention should not be so limited since other modifications will become apparent to the skilled practitioner upon a study of the drawings, specification, and following claims.